Christmas in Norway

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Greg and I have planted ourselves in the sofa with each our computers, Tour De Ski is on the telly and the fire place is creating a pleasantly warmth and an even better atmosphere.

This is how we are sitting now and this is how every day has been spent here in Norway during Christmas.

We traveled from London to Norway on the 23rd of December, just in time to wake up here in Arendal for Christmas Eve. In Norway we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, with Church, Dinner and Presents. For the rest of the days until New Years Eve we just relax, eat Christmas food and enjoy each others company.

For Greg this has been an unusual Christmas, with many new traditions and ways of celebrating but he seems to have loved it.
For me, this has been the best Christmas of my life. Spending time with my family, being back in Norway – back home, and to spend it with Greg – finally!

We have eaten out weight in food and sweets, watched a years worth of movies and just enjoyed spending the time together without the distractions of work and uni.
I feel like I have fallen in love all over again!
Sadly the snow has yet to appear, so we have not had a white Christmas this year but that is the only thing missing.

Here is a few pictures from our Christmas celebration in Norway
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My Sisters Turtle Franklin!

That was a little summary of our Christmas here in Norway.

Now we are sitting down to write our resolutions and wait to celebrate the New Year. We are excited to start the New Year stronger and better than ever before!

I hope you have all had a Great Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Camilla xxx

Re-Decoration; Living Room Interior

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I am now finally finished re decorating our living room, with the exception of the curtains that are currently in the wash.
It is more light and open now and I am so pleased with it!

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Welcome to our home!

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I wanted a beige theme to make the room lighter, I also feel that it goes better with the colour of the floor, as opposed to our old grey one.dscf3142

We got the Ektorp 3 seater sofa fro IKEA, a very nice and affordable sofa. The covers are easy to remove and can be washed in the washing machine. Greg loves to sit with his feet stretched so I also got the foot stool that is great because it has storage room inside and can be moved when we have company if we want more seating space. dscf3113

I decided to decorate with some pillows that goes with the theme but also breaks the all beige colour. And they are so comfortable when snuggling on the sofa!dscf3151

I was worried that the carpet might be a bit to dark, but when it all came together I thought that it was actually a really good colour to go with the room as I feel white might make the room look too cold. The carpet is HEMP from Ikea and it is only £40 pounds.

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Our table is JOKKMOKK From IKEA, only £85 for the table and the 4 chairs!dscf3145

I love how the room is that much more open and convenient, and it feels much more natural structured.

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One of the things that I didn’t like about the way we had it before was that we covered up the mantle piece with the sofa and our windows with big long curtains. Now I feel that they both really have come into place and make great decorations in them selves. Blinds was defiantly more appropriate for these kinds of windows and the mantle piece is no longer covered up.dscf3108dscf3088dscf3093

And lastly – some decorations;

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So there it is, our new living room. The project is done!
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I am so happy with it, I feel like I can relax much more here and get my spirits lifted. Thankfully Greg was very happy with it as well! Now we are working on tidying our guest room, or the “spider room” as I call it after finding a huge spider in there 5 months ago.

Have a lovely day everyone!

 

 

Redecoration – Putting Furniture Together

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In addition to having a busy uni week, this week has also consisted in a home redecorating project.
Mostly it is our living room being changed  but also we are making some changes in other rooms. In our living room we are changing all furniture but one.

Monday was the big delivery day, and all our new furniture arrived, and I spent all of Monday and some of Tuesday putting together furniture.

I was so excited when the IKEA van arrived, however when seeing all the flat packages coming, I was in a slight panic mode. I am known for my bad handyman skills and putting together furniture is not my strength. Fortunately when I got started on the furniture, and taking it one step at the time it went surprisingly well, although it was time consuming.

We got the Ektorp Sofa from IKEA, the Jokkmokk table, a small coffee table and a carpet.

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Trying to understand the manual
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Complete Chaos!!

The sofa was easy to out together, the two tables took a little more time and elbow sweat but the chairs – the dreaded chairs was so hard! It took me hours and all my strength to get them together but at last there they were all done.
The TV stand came the next day, by then I had gotten smarter and bought a cheap electrical screwdriver and in 1 – 2 -3 it was up!

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Shopping trip for Decorations – the final touches
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And – it is up!! And ready to be served on! 

I feel so proud to get it all up by my self! I keep joking to Greg that I should brag to my feminism class – if this is not a self independent modern woman than what is haha! I feel like quite the handy woman.

If anyone of you our there is about to embark upon a similar project, I would advise to invest in an electric screwdriver! They can be bought for less than £5 at Argos, and believe me, it is worth the investment! It makes it easier on your hands, make the process go much much quicker and make it easier to get the furniture put together straighter.

More pictures of the full new room will follow!

– Handy woman, Camilla

 

 

Presentations, Exams and Study, Study, Study

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My campus at sunset, Canary Wharf in the background

Boy, has this week been busy! I realize I keep writing about hectic days over and over, but this week has been over the top!

In between exams, presentations and re decorating I have barely had time to sleep. This weekend should have been spent either getting some rest before next week starting up again, or starting on my assignments that are due next week but no, I am working 12 hours Saturday and Sunday. At least I am being productive right?

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On Wednesday I had a 20 minutes presentation for my feminism module and on Thursday I had an exam for another module. Because the beginning of the week I was putting furniture together – something that took way longer than I anticipated I was suddenly a bit behind on my presentation, and ended up spending all night before fixing it up and adding to it.
By the day of the presentation I felt ready and walked in with mounts of confident. That was until we got into the room and got ready. And what happened – the stage fright! The dreaded stage fright! Suddenly it occurred to me what a sensitive and awkward topic my presentation was about, reproductive rights since the 1960s.

So there I was, on stage, visibly nervous with shaky voice, shaky voice and occasionally little black outs as to what I was saying.
I walked out of there feeling humiliated and stupid but with no time to wallow, I had an exam the next day.

Because my presentation went worse than I thought it would, I was determined to make sure I knocked the exam out of the park.
I already felt prepared, but I had to make absolutely sure. So I went home, slept for 4 hours, and stayed up all night and morning before it, reading and preparing.

img_20161216_192204I took all the exams I could find from previous years something that made me feel completely confident I would ace it, I knew it all! Or at least that’s what I thought.
Taking the exam, the questions were different that what I had prepared for, and in addition I again got a bit of a black out and could not get my timeline in order. I still dont know exactly how it went, but I have a bad feeling about it. I was kicking myself the whole way home. especially because I felt so confident going in and had such high hopes and standards for it.

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One exhausted girl Thursday night!

Oh well, I have two assignments due next week, and with a little luck and a lot hard work I can make up for this weeks disappointments.

So, another week spent reading and working ahead, if they go well, I will still be enjoying my  Christmas holiday.

Today however, it is time to change focus, from politics and academia to healthcare and caring for residents for the next two days.

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Of to work we go!

As you are reading this I will be at work, hopefully being more successful than what I have been previous in this week!

Have a great weekend everybody! Enjoy yourselves whatever you are up to.

– Camilla

 

Interior – Before Livingroom Changes

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Happy Sunday everybody!

This has been an unsocial weekend for me, with Greg away and me being swamped with upcoming deadlines and exams at Uni. I wish I could say that I have got a great start to it this weekend, but my concentration has not been great, so much work to be done tonight and the upcoming days!

However, I am so excited for tomorrow because our new furniture is finally arriving! Like I said in the previous post, I was at IKEA on Friday to get some decorative stuff to add the final touches to it but they are all still in the bags waiting to be brought out on Monday!

This is entirely my own project – I say that as if it is a highly important work project I know, but it is my own in the sense that Greg does not know what the result will be or know what any of the furniture is. I wanted to show him that I have great interior design skills and add a bit of a feminine touch to our home. In other words show him how great I can make this place. I want to wow him.
Now I am getting slightly worried that it will not look like what I have had in mind, that the colours will clash or that it just wont look right. Hopefully though, it will look very homely and beautiful. I want a place where we can truly relax and feel at home. A place to lower out shoulders, and give us peace in this very busy city we live in.
Before the “transformation” I want to show you the before pictures of how the place looks like now.
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As for the rest of yesterday, after giving a million tries to study well, I took a little break to spend some time Greg when he came home. He has been gone with work so much this week, so it was so good to have him home for a while.
I made us some propper weekend food – Tacos, and afterwards we had cheesecake and cookies and watched a few episodes of Ellen. I LOVE that woman!
Here are some photos of our evening:
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I hope you all have a great end to the week and wishing you a fantastic week to come!

– Camilla

Friday Night Home Alone

Good Friday evening everybody!

These last few weeks has gone so quick! I cannot belive we are already in December, the last month of the year. Christmas is right around the corner and so is uni deadlines and exams.

It has been a hectic month for me so far. Trying to prepare for everything at uni as well as keeping up with the social calendar of December is tricky enough, but in addition this bad cold has been going around and of course I caught it!

Tonight Greg is in Bristol with work and I have so many deadlines coming up so I have had to stay inn and working on them. Hooray for Friday night! No, all jokes aside – it could be age – or delusion but I am really enjoying spending some time indoors tonight, with Pizza, Pepsi Max and snacks. And even when it is spent working on my assignments. I must be growing up haha!
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Lately I have become so bored and annoyed at our living room furnishing. Something that is ironic since i am actually the one who furnished in the first place. Suddenly I realized that our place really lack that “homey” feeling and really is quite disastrous colour coordinated. Somehow as I was decorating it, I made it dark and look like a place two bachelors would share rather than a nice cozy home.
So at the beginning at the month I planned for and ordered new furniture and they arrive already on Monday! I keep talking about it as my master project. I am so excited! Earlier today I went and got some decorations and final touches for the living room at IKEA, and I cannot wait to show you when it is all in place!
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This was my little update for today! I am now about to watch an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, before continuing with my uni work for a bit before bed.

Will talk to you again tomorrow.

– Camilla